Tell us about what you do- your mothering situation and your life and work outside of that.
I am a mummy to 18 months old Rosie who loves to climb and into everything! I just had my second baby, 6 weeks old Elsie. My 3rd baby is a 4 legged mini sausage dog called Lady.
I run first aid classes in peoples homes and at local venues all over the Southend area. I have regular venue classes at Leigh community centre, Do It Like A Mother HQ. I’m always looking out for new venues. My classes are relaxed, fun and informative with all the hands on experience you would need. The 2 hour classes are designed to equip you with confidence and the skills needed to deal with life saving and various injuries and illnesses that new parents often worry about. The classes also suit anyone spending time with young children such as grandparents. I love to meet expecting and new parents, their families and beautiful babies. I also run classes for those who run sessions for children and children themselves in schools and clubs. I feel you’re never to young to learn and everyone should know the basics.
What kind of work did you do before having children?
I spend 14 years in aviation in various roles. I started as cabin crew, I have flown pop groups, footballers, many stars and visited some amazing pleases and met some wonderful people along the way. I then worked as a trainer alongside being crew where I trained everything from emergency procedures, aviation medicine, restraint training and so much more to both pilots and cabin crew. And then as manager, managing cabin crew with daily issues such as sickness, lateness, disciplinary and recruitment.
How did you get into your current work?
After having my first baby Rosie I was faced with a huge lack of support to return to my job with no opportunity of flexible working and felt that 15 hour days often 6 days a week just wasn’t both feasible and wanted after becoming a mummy as there would be no work life balance. With Aviation being all I knew I had to pull on my experiences and skills learnt and it brought me to my first aid experience from training. It was a subject I really enjoyed and realising that many new parents didn’t even know the basics I started to research and came across the award winning company Daisy first aid and felt very excited to become a part of it. My classes have never felt like work! And I get to deliver something I am passionate about.
What drives you?
My family, my responsibility to provide for my babies, my passion for equipping as many people as I can with invaluable skills and the confidence needed to make a mark on our community.
What is your biggest challenge in making it all work?
At the moment time. Bringing up two babies and not having support with childcare I have to work whenever I can grab 5 minutes to catch up on emails and bookings and run classes around my husbands work. And often find myself being very productive in the early hours during feeding.
What are you most proud of?
Definitely my beautiful family. My two beautiful girls and my supportive husband. And the opportunity to meet and teach so many local people such an important skill. And receiving stories of when those skills learnt have been used.
Where will your work take you in the future? What are your plans?
I will continue to teach as many local Parents, caregivers and children. To get much more involved in schools over next couple of years with first aid becoming compulsory from 2020. As my babies grow and start school I would like to use the extra time to train along side to become a midwife.
What would you say to yourself as a brand new mum?
As a new mum the second time around I definitely tell myself to slow down and enjoy this time as it really does go by very quickly! And if something doesn’t get done it’s not because I haven’t tried to but because I’m human.
What do you do to nourish yourself?
Eat well, drink lots of water take lovely walks. Breathe! And try and take some time for me even if that’s just a nice long bath. I love reflexology and believe in good energy.
Your website and social media details please.
I can be found on
Facebook: Daisy first aid Southend
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